Happy birthday! Man, this past year’s been good to you! In case you’ve forgotten, you’ve accomplished quite a lot. Let’s look back at some of those finer moments, shall we?
First you announced your return to the musical kingdom last January. Millions rejoiced.
Then you set a(nother) record with the Suit & Tie debut.
In March you released your first album in seven years, The 20/20 Experience. (Side note: We’d appreciate it if you didn’t make us wait quite so long next time, kthx!)
After that, you joined the legendary ranks of the Five-Timer’s Club on SNL.
You and Jay-Z took the summer by storm on your stadium tour.
At that point the year was more than halfway over, but you certainly weren’t done.
You briefly reunited with *NSYNC and kicked some serious butt performance-wise at the VMAs. Billions of people were reduced to incoherent puddles of tears, but it was so worth it.
You announced that you were releasing The 20/20 Experience, Part 2, which hit the stores in September.
Then a month later you kicked off The 20/20 Experience World Tour (see you in a few weeks, btw!).
Phew! And that’s just the stuff I can remember off the top of my head!
I’d say that it’s been a pretty darn good year to be Justin Timberlake. Then again, did we really expect anything different?
Happy birthday, JT!
Jackie doesn’t like Justin Timberlake. That statement in and of itself would be okay if her reasoning was solid. But I don’t think it is. She lays out her feelings in a five part blog post series, and here I shall lay out why, while I respect her right not only to hold that opinion, but also to express it for everyone to see on the internet, I also must respectfully refute some of her justifications (no pun intended) for her Justin hatred.
Let’s start at the beginning, where Jackie opens her first post with this statement:
i cannot stand justin timberlake.
Okay, like I said, her opinion, her right to free speech. But (on a semi-unrelated note): first and foremost, it is my firm belief—and I am aware that this is just an opinion, but it seems to be the opinion of most of the blogging world—that if you’re going to blog for purposes other than airing teenage angst on LiveJournal (or whatever its 2014 equivalent is), you should use proper capitalization.
justin timberlake may be a perfectly nice human being. a person i know has actually met him and was a part of the prayer circle at one of his shows and said he’s a totally cool dude. so, lest all the people who love JT because he’s funny on SNL come out of the woodwork with pitchforks to impale me, let me be clear: what i cannot stand may just be justin timberlake’s celebrity image. or justin timberlake’s inability to employ people who will manage his celebrity image. or it may be justin timberlake, because the two may or may not be one in the same.
To this I say that Jackie may also be a perfectly nice human being. I don’t know her and only became aware of her when her blog showed up in my JT Google Alert email a few days ago. I have no intentions of impaling her on a pitchfork—which actually happened to a character on Y&R when I was a child; I know this because my mother watches that soap and that particular scene has stuck with me throughout the years for some reason.
Like Jackie, I also know people who have met Justin and have agreed with her acquaintance’s assessment that “he’s a totally cool dude.” That this seems to be the consensus among both industry professionals and everyday people who happen to encounter Mr. Timberlake in the real world may or may not be a coincidence. I honestly have no idea, having never met the man myself.
But even though Jackie gives this person’s claim about JT’s character credence, she still goes on in part 2 to say that Justin “makes [her] soul retract in loathing.”
Those seem like pretty harsh words. I don’t know about anyone else, but I reserve those sorts of sentiments for people who have done abominable things—war criminals, for instance.
So Jackie’s first issue with JT has to do with his wedding. She shows us the cover of People that he and Jessica did and comments:
way to have fun at your wedding, man. but, also, way to totally hijack the cover from your wife.
Yes, I also think this picture puts the spotlight clearly on Justin. But—and this is just conjecture on my part—I think that there are two reasons that the photographer and the magazine’s editorial team, not Justin, might be to blame for this:
1) Usually more than one picture is taken for a magazine photo shoot. The celebrity/model may or may not get a say in which picture ends up as the one that makes the cover. So Justin may not have deliberately chosen this photo because he is an attention whore. (Also, wouldn’t that imply that Jessica is too meek to speak up and say “I want a different picture that spotlights both of us equally”?)
2) It doesn’t take a photography expert to see that the choice of background for this particular shot washes out Jessica’s features. Justin’s black tux stands out in stark contrast to the pale pink background. Was this Justin’s choice? I don’t know for sure, but I don’t think Jackie does either.
one of the components of why i cannot stand timberlake is precisely this. there is about his public image, in general, and this cover, in particular, a decided element of LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME!
timberlake hijacked the cover of people from his wife. so he hijacked golden globes weekend. so he hijacked oscar weekend with the announcement of his album. so he tried to hijack cannes from oscar isaac. he is a man who cannot share the limelight. he must be the star.
Okay, so this would seem like solid evidence to support Jackie’s claim. However, all of the above linked articles come from Lainey. Lainey holds an open yet inexplicable grudge against Justin. In the JT fandom, she is a known hater whose “stories” have very little credibility compared to, say, People. Citing her in a post about why you hate Justin is like citing the Communist Manifesto about why you hate capitalism: it simply toes the party line and validates your beliefs in the same circular way as a self-fulfilling prophecy.
but that’s not all! not by half.
Of course it’s not. But alas, the rest of my rebuttal to Jackie’s anti-Timberlake sentiments shall have to wait until next time…
Justinnocence: (n) a lack of familiarity with the hotness of the man who brought sexy back
Do you still have your Justinnocence?
For a moment imagine that you have been asked out on a date by none other than Justin Timberlake. (Note: This is an alternate universe where things like that actually happen.)
Such a gentleman, Mr. Timberlake.
Sure, you got a little bit down and dirty on the dance floor earlier, but at least you both kept your clothes on. Things got PG-13 at best.
But when he walked you back to your place and it was time to say goodnight, well, he did this:
And you said, “Wanna come in for a drink?”
Which of course is how you ended up on the couch, with him saying:
Up until then, you had every intention of being a good girl, but then he did this:
And before you knew it you were doing a little bit of this (minus your mom creeping in the background, of course):
And some of this:
And a whole lot of this:
And by the time the sun rose the next morning it was over. Your Justinnocence was gone. Forever.
You thanked him for the amazing experience, and as you walked him to the door he grinned and said:
As a card carrying JT fangirl for 15 years, this year’s Grammy nominations are an absolute outrage. Of course you should realize that I’m coming at this situation from a completely biased point of view, but hear me out.
Justin was in line to make history as the first former band member to be nominated for Album of the Year for his first three solo albums. Did he get the AOTY nomination? Nope.
He also didn’t get nominations in either the Record of the Year or Song of the Year categories. Those three categories—Album, Record, and Song—are the “general” categories, the highest honors you can get in the Grammys. Those are the main awards whose winners are usually announced on-air.
Why Justin got snubbed in these three categories is beyond me, especially if you consider Justin’s history with the Grammy Awards.
When he won his first on-air Grammy, he had to make an apology in the middle of his acceptance speech in the wake of the whole Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction scandal. As a fan this was painful to watch because I knew that Justin—and many other artists—consider the Grammy Awards to be the crème de la crème of music accolades. To have this moment in his career overshadowed by an apology speech—particularly for an incident he may not have had any intention to be a part of—surely must have stung. But Justin soldiered on.
In 2007, Justin participated in the “My Grammy Moment” contest. Many of his fans saw this as a sorry attempt by the Grammys to use Justin’s name for their own gain. But Justin maintained his support of the Grammys.
Most recently, Justin staged a comeback performance at last year’s Grammys, launching The 20/20 Experience era. Everyone—fans and casual observers alike—thought this year’s nominations were going to be his for the taking.
In retrospect (and it’s only been 48 hours since the nominations were released), it’s easy to see that Justin’s team knew, or at least sensed, that this snub was coming. Why else would they have been pushing so hard on his social media channels for fans to vote for him for the People’s Choice Awards, a show that is considered far less prestigious than the Grammys? There has been complete silence about the Grammy nominations from Team JT since the announcement Friday evening, and that tells me as a fan that something is not right.
We the fans know that Justin takes criticism seriously. That much was proven in his recent GQ Man of the Year interview. So it’s not too much of a stretch to guess that he feels the disappointment we as fans feel, only much, much deeper.
See the full list of nominees here.
All of these comments are from this Facebook post, but I find the categories of comments stays pretty much the same across all of Justin’s posts:
1. The comment addressed directly to Justin.
Because I’m sure Justin takes the time to read all of the thousands of comments he usually receives PER POST and puts lots of thought and consideration into each and every comment.
2. The comment asking Justin to visit their country.
3. The comment from the hater.
This particular post was actually pretty tame…
4. The comment from the concerned citizen.
5. The “I earn $5,000 per day by working from home!” comment.
6. The “Like my page plz” comment.
7. The comment that isn’t in any language that Justin speaks (as far as we know, that is).
8. The comment that makes me weep for the future of the English language.
I was trying to find a good teaser quote to use before linking to this article, but I couldn’t decide on just one because this piece is just.so.good. So…yeah. Read it here!